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How Can I Create a Fish Habitat Without Overtaking My Pond With Weeds? – Pond & Lake Q & A


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How Can I Create Fish Habitat Without Overtaking My Pond With Weeds? Tyler – Elmo, UT

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Your fish require adequate habitat to live, reproduce, and grow but who’s really keen on letting weeds overtake their entire pond to aid the cause. Fortunately there are some tricks to help control the natural habitat in your pond and even a few alternatives that can work just as effectively.

Most of us can agree that having a bit of plant life in our ponds is a good thing, but at what point does it get out of hand and become a nuisance? Aquatic Plants help reduce your ponds sun exposure and nutrient load which naturally encourages a cleaner pond with less algae blooms. Lillies can add some color to your pond while cattails will provide a natural wall around areas of your yard giving you a little extra privacy. When aquatic plants are appropriately implemented  they are both functional and attractive. The key to keeping your plants in check is by giving them boundaries. Mark the areas of your pond that you feel are best suited for aquatic plants, away from your beach area and dock, this way you will have a visual reference when checking if the plants are trying to spread out of control. You can then remove the plants that grow outside their appropriate areas with Pond Tools or Aquatic Herbicide when necessary.

For those of you with no interest in flexing their green thumbs, Fish Attactors may be the perfect habitat for your pond. These plastic spheres accept 1/2″ PVC pipe which you cut to a length of your choosing. The PVC pipes form a pattern that provides shelter for smaller fish while keeping larger predators at bay. The hollow ends of the PVC pipe also provide an excellent place for minnows to spawn. If you like to fish in your pond, these attractors have a huge advantage over natural habitat as they do not hang up your lure. Man made habitat like the fish attractor won’t contaminate your pond or bio-degrade so you don’t have to replace your habitat each season.

It is not uncommon for people to sink pine trees, pallets, cinder blocks, bricks, and other miscellanous items in their pond. These things will provide coverage to your fish but they may also have adverse effects on your water quality as well. Items that bio-degrade in your pond will add to your nutrient load, so if your are considering sinking a tree or some wood skids in your pond make sure you are compensating with additional PondClear or MuckAway to keep nutrients at bay. Also if you swim in your pond, keep in mind that while some products are degradeable they may be held together with nails or staples. Before adding objects into your pond make sure they are clean and they do not contain any contaminates that will pollute the water. Plastic containers, for example, may provide shelter to your finned friends but what were they previously holding? Oily residues or trace chemicals left that remain on these products can be harmful to your ponds ecosystem so use caution before you sink them in the water.

Advanced planning and considerations will make all of the difference in keeping your pond and its inhabitants happy and healthy. Choosing the habitats that work best in your unique scenario and implementing them correctly will ensure your pond is full of life for years to come.

POND TALK: What types of fish habitat do you use in your pond?

Porcupine Fish Attractor, Pack of 3 Spheres

5 Responses

  1. [...] Fish Attractor Spheres or by providing aquatic plants. Take a look at our Pond Stocking Blog and Fish Habitat Blog to learn more about predator/prey ratios and implementing [...]

  2. Take a look at http://www.fishiding.com. They have new artificial/man made fish attractors made out of pvc. They are all made from reclaimed products to help the environment as well as save money. Limbs up to 3″ wide produce maximum shade like no other product available. Large pictures and underwater video show what it’s all about.

  3. [...] It is common to have the smaller prey fish in your pond try to make a quick meal out of your fingers and toes than their larger predator counterparts. It is a sign that your pond may be imbalanced, creating a shortage of food for your smaller fish. They are simply trying to find a snack wherever possible and that includes your precious phalanges. Keep tabs on your fish population to make sure you have a balanced ratio of 3 prey fish to every predator. If you have an abundance of smaller fish in the pond you may want to introduce some minnows into the water to give them a quick and easy meal that can be replenished over time. If your pond does have an unbalanced population, investigate why this may be. Make sure you have adequate habitat in the pond for your small fish to hide and mature and if you feel your fish are having trouble finding enough food consider manually feeding them using a quality fish food like Game Grower Fish Food. If you are not quite sure what or how to feed your fish read our Fish Food Blog. Also for some great tips on adding habitat to your pond click over to our Creating Habitat Blog. [...]

  4. We have 2 preformed garden ponds. We sank a cement block in each in a position that leaves the holes running through the block rather than up and down. On a really hot day the fish will gather inside the ‘slots’ to stay cooler. when the frogs aren’t sitting in the potted plants sunning themselves, they hide behind the pots on the water shelves.

    In past years we have also had water hyacinth plants which mulitply quite willingly and provide plenty of shade for the fish. I do lift the plants periodically and remove the longer ‘hairs’ (roots) to keep them from getting too messy.

  5. The fish attractors work. Fish in my pond are healthy and there seems to be a pretty good balance of prey fish and feeder fish. Two items of note:

    1. I bought the spheres only because I happened to have a bunch of half-inch PVC left-over from another project. I glued the pipes in to make sure they wouldn’t come out. What I didn’t do was check to make sure the completed attractor would fit through the door (or up the stairway from the basement for that matter). After making a few cuts and then gluing the pipes back together with couplers, the attractor was sitting on the patio, ready to go. So if gluing the pipes, either do it outside / in the garage, or make sure it will fit through your door.
    2. It is mostly true that these are snagless. That is until you hook a fish that swims around and in the attractor. I have reeled the same attractor in twice, along with a catfish and a pretty good-sized sunfish. It took a few minutes to unwind everything and throw it back in place, but no harm done. The kids thought I had hooked some kind of monster. I told them it was a Missouri porcupinefish.

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